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Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book

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going places tonya bolden

In the vein of Hidden Figures comes a nonfiction picture book about the Green Book, a travel guide by Victor Hugo Green, a Black postal worker from Harlem, made to help African Americans stay safe while traveling during segregation.

As a mail carrier, Victor Hugo Green traveled across New Jersey every day. But with Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation since the late 1800s, traveling as a Black person in the US could be stressful, even dangerous.

So in the 1930s, Victor created a guide—The Negro Motorist Green-Book—compiling information on where to go and what places to avoid so that Black travelers could have a safe and pleasant time. While the Green Book started out small, over the years it became an expansive, invaluable resource for Black people throughout the country—all in the hopes that one day such a guide would no longer be needed.

Award-winning author Tonya Bolden and acclaimed illustrator Eric Velasquez shine a light on this little-known history of Victor Hugo Green and the deep impact of his incredible book on generations of Black families in America.---from the publisher

40 pages                                         978-0062967404                                   Ages 6-10

Keywords:  biography, mailman, role of the individual, power of the individual, African American and Black nonfiction, prejudice and racism, segregation, 20th century, American history, travel, books, helping others, empowerment, African American author, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, nonfiction, informational picture book, social conditions

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